Photo: Andreas Pereira working hard in training with Granada

by Leo Nieboer

Andreas Pereira has been pictured working hard in training with Grenada ahead of their game with Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

The Brazilian joined the Spanish side over the summer on a season-long loan after failing to break into Jose Mourinho’s first team squad.

Mourinho, however, has reportedly insisted that the 20-year-old is crucial to his plans for next season.

Pereira, who has enjoyed a fruitful start to his time in Spain, was seen putting in the hard yards with the Grenada squad.

The 20-year-old has been at Grenada for just over a month, but has already made more appearances for the Spanish side than what he has managed in five years at Old Trafford.

It can often seem like loan moves never work. Take, for example, Adnan Januzaj at Borussia Dortmund last season, or Wilfred Zaha at Cardiff under David Moyes. They returned with an even greater dearth of confidence, consigned to the backwaters once again, only under a different badge.

But Pereira’s loan move at Grenada acts as a rare and exciting endorsement for the function of loan moves. He may be playing for a side languishing at the foot of the table, but he is receiving some valuable game time. Since coming on as a substitute in the 56th minute against Las Palmas for his debut, Pereira hasn’t missed a single minute of action, and United fans will hope to see this excellent run continue in the coming months.

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